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Code Enforcement & Zoning

In order to promote the general health, safety, and welfare of the residents of Myerstown, buildings and nonbuilding structures in the Borough are subject to rules that specify minimum design, construction and occupancy standards, and minimum maintenance standards. The following codes have been adopted: 

International Property Maintenance Code 
The Borough has adopted the 2018 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) as its property maintenance code.  The IPMC establishes minimum maintenance standards for basic equipment, light, ventilation, heating, sanitation and fire safety. Information on the IPMC can be found at the International Code Council’s (ICC) website

Responsibility is fixed among owners, operators, and occupants for code compliance.  For more information on the Borough's property maintenance code, including information on enforcement, see the Borough's page on Code Enforcement.

Uniform Construction Code 
The Borough has adopted the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (UCC) as its building code.  The UCC controls all matters concerning the construction, alteration, addition, repair, removal, demolition, location, occupancy, and maintenance of all buildings and structures in the Borough. Information on the Pennsylvania UCC can be found at the Department of Labor & Industry’s website

It is the joint responsibility of the property owner and the contractor to obtain the required building code permit before performing any work.  For information on how to obtain the required permits, see the Borough's page on Building Code Permits.

Land Use / Zoning Ordinance
Land use in Myerstown is regulated by its zoning ordinance.  Zoning ordinances divide municipalities into residential, commercial, and industrial districts (or zones), that are generally separate from one another, with the property use within each district being reasonably uniform.  Within specific zoning districts there are additional restrictions that can be quite detailed, including specific requirements as to the type of buildings allowed, location of utility lines, restrictions on accessory buildings, building setbacks from the streets and other boundaries, restrictions on signage, and the size and height of buildings.  Every property in the Borough is located within a zoning district, as can be seen on its official zoning map.  It is important to verify which zoning regulations apply to your proposed location.

It is the responsibility of the property owner to obtain the required zoning permit before performing any work.  For information on how to obtain the required permits, see the Borough's page on Zoning Permits.

International Fire Code 
The Borough has adopted the 2009 International Fire Code (IFC) as its fire code.  The IFC regulates minimum fire safety requirements for new and existing buildings, addressing fire prevention, fire protection, life safety and safe storage and use of hazardous materials.  Information on the IFC can be found at the ICC’s website


Links to Codes:
Myerstown Borough Code of Ordinances
2018 International Property Maintenance Code (pdf)
2009 International Fire Code (pdf)
Myerstown Borough Zoning Ordinance (pdf)
Pennsylvania Universal Construction Code (UCC)